Knidos or Knid – an ancient city, created Spartans (Lacedaemonians) as a colony at Cape Triopiysky Carian Chersonese (part of Asia Minor). This was a major trading town, the center of worship the cult of the goddess Aphrodite, one of the six members of the Doric Union, Center of Doric games.

To reach Knidos only on cars. It is located in 30 km from Danes (endpoint route D400) and 100 km from Marmaris. The road to the ancient town of Datca becomes narrow (it passes through the olive groves and villages), and in some places so, that the two machines is difficult to disperse. Although, what Knid It is far from “of civilization”, and there is good parking, and Cafes.

First, that is evident in Knidos – This extraordinary color sea in the harbor (by the way, the city was 2 harbor – one for commercial vessels, and second – for military). The city was badly damaged, small amphitheater (up to 5000 viewers), a large open area lie neatly folded fragments of the temple of Dionysus (Built in the V century BC), and on a hill near the town is a round pedestal of the statue of Aphrodite (Cnidus). If there is time and effort, you can take a chance and go up to the lighthouse – there are stunning views, to the Greek islands around 10 miles.

The famous Knidos?

1) Mentioned in the Homeric hymns.

2) The statue of Aphrodite Knidos (the main statue of the city) It was performed by the ancient Greek sculptor of IV century BC. Praksitelem. Considered, that it was not only the best work of the sculptor, but the best sculpture of all time.

3) In Knidos He lived and worked in ancient Greek mathematician, Astronomer and engineer Eudoxus of Cnidus – founder of integral calculus and theoretical astronomy. Him method of exhaustionI in the hands of a prominent follower, Archimedes, eventually led to the emergence of Mathematical Analysis.

4) The battle of Knidos - Naval battle between the Spartan and the combined Persian and Athenian fleets 394 y. BC. during the Corinthian War. Each of the warring parties was approximately 90 ships, He won a landslide victory Persian fleet.

The ancient city of Knidos Villa Mugla Turkey

The ancient city of Knidos Villa Mugla Turkey

The ancient city of Knidos Villa Mugla Turkey

The ancient city of Knidos Villa Mugla Turkey

The ancient city of Knidos Villa Mugla Turkey

The ancient city of Knidos Villa Mugla Turkey

The ancient city of Knidos Villa Mugla Turkey

The ancient city of Knidos Villa Mugla Turkey

The ancient city of Knidos Villa Mugla Turkey

The ancient city of Knidos Villa Mugla Turkey

The ancient city of Knidos Villa Mugla Turkey

The ancient city of Knidos Villa Mugla Turkey

The ancient city of Knidos Villa Mugla Turkey

The ancient city of Knidos Villa Mugla Turkey

The ancient city of Knidos Villa Mugla Turkey

The ancient city of Knidos Villa Mugla Turkey

The ancient city of Knidos Villa Mugla Turkey

The ancient city of Knidos Villa Mugla Turkey

The ancient city of Knidos Villa Mugla Turkey

The ancient city of Knidos Villa Mugla Turkey

Древний город Книдос Дача Мугла Турция

The ancient city of Knidos Villa Mugla Turkey

The ancient city of Knidos Villa Mugla Turkey

The ancient city of Knidos Villa Mugla Turkey

The ancient city of Knidos Villa Mugla Turkey

The ancient city of Knidos Villa Mugla Turkey

The ancient city of Knidos Villa Mugla Turkey

Древний город Книдос Дача Мугла Турция

Древний город Книдос Дача Мугла Турция

Knidos on the map

Text and photos: Evgeny Nazarenko